Burnside Photographic "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." – Henry David Thoreau

August 31, 2011

Irene Goodnight

Irene Heads Northeast

I frequently document approaching storms as they come in from the west across the lake, but I don’t recall that I’ve ever captured one that’s departing.  I had been outside late Sunday afternoon surveying the impact of the wind and rain, and I happened to look to the west and saw the approaching calm.  I realized it was the edge of Irene.

The first of these images was taken at 6:17pm, and the last at 7:08pm.  Seems Irene left quicker than she arrived.  That’s ok by me.

August 26, 2011


I was never much of an artist in terms of drawing or painting, but I can recognize it when I see it.  This is a blessing, for it is all around us, if only we’d notice.  It occurred to me not long ago that, looking at the water, you can see in it every color – ever single, subtle hue – that is present above the water line – the sun, the sky, the far shore, even the starlight is there in the water.

Think about it – and notice.

ps: These look much better if you see them full screen.  Just click the little box to the right of “Share” on the bottom of the images.

August 22, 2011

Corn Silk and Other Nice Things

Corn Silk

I spent a good part of the day at the Lands at Hillside Farm Education Center doing some  (Gasp!) product photography for their up-and-coming new web site, and just as I was driving down the access road, so were the cows coming in from the fields.  I had to let them pass, and as I was aware from having previously documented this rather tedious process of bringing in the cows, I knew I had a little wait.  Getting behind a bunch of cows is not unlike being at the tail end of the I-80 back-up from the Poconos to New Jersey on a Sunday evening in August.  Oh, bother!

But no!  What a lucky thing!  As I looked around, tapping my fingers impatiently on the steering wheel, I noticed a little bit of corn, some nice bright wild flowers, and some thistles in various states of decay.  Hmmmm….

Not at all a waste of time.

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